Howdy, I’m Martin Ralya. I’m a proposal writer by day and an award-winning small-press publisher, author, and GMing blogger by night.
I live in Utah with my amazing wife, Alysia, our awesome daughter, Lark, and our neurotic beagle, Charlie, in a house full of books, games, and movies.
MartinRalya.com is my online hub — an easy way to check out my published work, get in touch, and see what I’m up to. Blogging is one of my main creative outlets, and you can read my work in three places: Gnome Stew, my personal blog, Yore, and the Engine Publishing blog. If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to email me.
In 2009, I started a small-press publishing company, Engine Publishing. We’ve sold over 8,000 copies of our books since our first release in June 2010. All three of our titles are bestsellers in the top 1% of all products on the RPG industry’s largest PDF retail site, DriveThruRPG. I headed up a team of 19 people for our first book, 22 people for our second, and nine for our third product, and working with talented and creative folks has been a fabulous experience every time.
I started gaming in 1987, and I’m passionate about game mastering (GMing). I’ve been running websites since 1999, and have written over 1,200 GMing articles online since 2005. Currently, I run and contribute to Gnome Stew, the most widely read game mastering blog on the planet (with an average of 1,000 daily visitors and 4,400+ RSS readers). Along with a team of other authors and veteran GMs, I publish new GMing articles on the Stew every month; together, we’ve posted over 1,300 articles since May 2008. (See all of my articles.)
I was a freelance writer for the RPG industry from 2004 to 2009, with 25 published credits and roughly 90,000 words in print (plus 3 credits and another 48,000 words in print through Engine Publishing). In 2008, I became a founding member of the Council of Creators for Maslow Six Entertainment, and from 2008 to 2011 I wrote a large amount of material on a wide range of topics for them. (None of it has been published to date, which is why I can’t provide additional details.)
Between Engine Publishing and Gnome Stew, my free time for freelance writing has been cut back, but I’m always open to taking on projects. I love to write, and I’m experienced at writing both rules material and descriptive text, as well as editing, design, and development. I’ve worked in a variety of genres and for numerous different companies, including Paizo Publishing, Goodman Games, Tabletop Adventures, and Expeditious Retreat Press. I have never missed a deadline.
My work has won four Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (“ENnies”) and an RPG Site of the Year Award, and has been nominated for an Origins Award, three previous ENnies, three Golden Geek Awards, and a previous RPG Site of the Year Award. I’m grateful that things I love doing have earned this kind of recognition.
- Gold ENnie Award for Best Aid/Accessory — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
- Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2012)
- Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2011)
- Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2010)
- RPG Site of the Year Award — Gnome Stew (2013)
- Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
- ENnie Award nominee for Product of the Year — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
- Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2012)
- Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
- RPG Site of the Year nominee — Gnome Stew (2012)
- Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters (2010)
- ENnie Award nominee for Best Fan Site — Treasure Tables (2007)
- ENnie Award nominee for Best Electronic Book — Bits of the Wilderness: Into the Open (2006)